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Champion Stakes winner Addeybb could be set for a Saudia Arabian adventure, reveals William Haggas




After Addeybb went one better in the QIPCO Champion Stakes with a commanding display, William Haggas revealed conquering the dirt tracks of Saudi Arabia could come next.

The six-year-old, trained out of Haggas’ Somerville Lodge, had finished a three-quarter length runner-up to Aidan O’Brien’s Magical in Champions Day showpiece 12 months ago.

But going off as a 9-1 shot under Tom Marquand, the son of Pivotal tracked leader Serpentine nicely before bursting down the home straight. Addeybb then ate up the soft ground to hold off the challenge of Skalleti and win by a comfortable two-and-a-quarter lengths for a first Group One success on home turf. The 15/8 favourtie Magical made good late progress to finish third.

Addeybb wins the Champions Stakes at Ascot under Tom Marquand	Picture: Bill Selwyn
Addeybb wins the Champions Stakes at Ascot under Tom Marquand Picture: Bill Selwyn

“Addeybb is a marvellous horse. He was really up for it today. He is fantastic and I am absolutely thrilled for everyone,” said Haggas.

“He didn’t mind (the draw, 11). He was in a great position and he stays. He is tough, he loves the ground and loves it here.

“Since he won the Wolferton last year and we put the cheek-pieces on, he has just been so consistent. He was really on it today.

Addeybb and Tom Marquand after winning The Qipco Champion Stakes.Ascot 17.10.2020.Pic Dan Abraham-focusonracing.com. (42765216)
Addeybb and Tom Marquand after winning The Qipco Champion Stakes.Ascot 17.10.2020.Pic Dan Abraham-focusonracing.com. (42765216)

“He looked fantastic beforehand, we thought, but he was grumpy and difficult to saddle, which is a good sign for him.

“He has such a marvellous nature and this is tailor-made for him. We all know that he loves this ground.”

Asked about a return to Australia, where he won two Group One races, Haggas said: “I have no idea yet because there are horses from Europe in Melbourne and they had 11,000 people at the races in Sydney today.

“If we can get there, we will obviously consider it. We also might consider Saudi Arabia as well, which is dirt but that dirt track is terrific. I was there last year and I thought it was terrific and possibly worth a shot.”

* Jockey Hollie Doyle may have grabbed the headlines for her first Group One success, in the British Champions Sprint Stakes, but she could not give Newmarket trainer Ed Vaughan a fairy tale ending at Ascot.

She brought Dame Malliot, his last major runner, home second in the British Champion Fillies & Mares Stakes, two-and-a-half lengths behind favourite Wonderful Tonight.